Presentation and competencies

Presentation and competencies

Welcome words

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the web pages of the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT). This site is designed to enable the citizen to follow our work.

CONT looks at how the EU Budget is spent, how well goals are met and if the programmes are value for money and ensuring that European tax payer money is spent efficiently, effectively and according to EU law. In this context, the Committee relates closely with the Court of Auditors and suggests improvements on the basis of the Court's audit results in order to ensure sound financial management.

In addition, CONT liaises with the Union's Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) to strengthen the fight against fraud and corruption in relation to the EU Budget.

The main tool CONT has at hand is the "discharge" procedure. During this procedure CONT scrutinises the implementation of the EU Budget by all actors involved, i.e. inter alia the Commission, Parliament, other institutions and Agencies.

If you are interested in how we put theory into practice, I suggest you have a look at our reports. You can also watch live broadcasts of our meetings and have a browse through the different links on this page which should give you a better idea of CONT's work.

Do not hesitate to contact us on any questions you might have.

Michael Theurer

Presentation and responsibilities

Committee responsible for:

1.    control of the implementation of the budget of the Union and of the European Development Fund, and the decisions on discharge to be taken by Parliament, including the internal discharge procedure and all other measures accompanying or implementing such decisions;

2.    the closure, presenting and auditing of the accounts and balance sheets of the Union, its institutions and any bodies financed by it, including the establishment of appropriations to be carried over and the settling of balances;

3.    control of the financial activities of the European Investment Bank;

4.    monitoring of the cost-effectiveness of the various forms of Union financing in the implementation of the Union’s policies, involving, upon the Committee on Budgetary Control’s request, the specialised committees and acting, upon the Committee on Budgetary Control’s request, in cooperation with the specialised committees for the examination of special reports of the Court of Auditors;

5.    relations with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), consideration of fraud and irregularities in the implementation of the budget of the Union, measures aimed at preventing and prosecuting such cases, the strict protection of the Union’s financial interests and the relevant actions by the European Public Prosecutor in this field;

6.    relations with the Court of Auditors, the appointment of its members and consideration of its reports;

7.    the Financial Regulation as far as the implementation, management and control of the budget are concerned.